My wife, MaryBeth and I were in Daytona for Bike Week in 2004, and it was the height
of the OCC craze. Everywhere you looked there was Orange County Chopper merchandise, their
logo was on everything from T- shirts to thongs. A friend of ours had asked us to get an
autographed poster from these bike builders turned TV celebrities. The trouble was all the OCC
guys were not at one location. First, we had to go to the Iron Horse Saloon, buy a poster and wait
in line. Mickey, the comical star of the AOL commercials and a few of the other OCC clowns
were there. My little woman got their autographs and we headed out to Main Street, where the
other Teutuls were located.
At the Main Street location it was the same drill, except we didn't have to shell out
another $12.00 for a postage stamp -sized poster, they would sign the poster from the other
location. When we got near the stars', Teutul Sr. and Teutul Jr., security stepped in and told us
the rules; you don't talk to the Star's', and you don't ask them to pose for pictures.
We were walking back up Main Street, happy with ourselves that we accomplished our
mission, it was about beer- thirty and the Boot Hill had a bottle with my name on it. We hadn't
gone too far when I noticed an unusual Chopper parked along the sidewalk. The metal-flake paint
sparkled in the sunlight and I noticed the Rat Fink' on the tank. It was very obvious that the
owner had ridden this bike there, and that person was Indian Larry. I had seen the Discovery
Channel, Biker Build off where he had built that bike.
The posters that Indian Larry was selling were huge! We bought a couple and got in line
to have him sign them. Larry was signing anything that people had, it didn't make any difference
whether it was his merchandise or not. He really seem to be having a good time and enjoyed the
fans. When we got close to the front of the line, Larry looked past a group of teenagers and saw
MaryBeth holding two of the huge posters we had bought. He motioned to her and said, Hay
darlin' whatch ya got there?' with that he invited her to sit next to him. They talked back and
forth and he signed the posters. After he personalized her poster with his signature, he leaned
over and whispered something in her ear, I was there with my camera to catch MaryBeth's
To this day she has never told me what he said, I really don't care, that's just between her
and the late great Indian Larry.
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